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Lean Adoption In A Small And Medium Enterprise: Model Validation, Kimberly Deranek, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher Aug 2017

Lean Adoption In A Small And Medium Enterprise: Model Validation, Kimberly Deranek, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Globally, numerous manufacturing and service organizations are incorporating lean techniques to identify waste, eliminate non-value-added activities, and increase efficiency. Some small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have also incorporated lean principles, yet others remain laggards. There is evidence that suggests if critical success factors (CSFs) exist in SMEs, there is a higher probability of the successful implementation of lean practices. Using a case study approach regarding the successful adoption of lean practices within a SME, this paper validated and tested the credibility of a CSF model. During a 12-month consulting arrangement, the research team used formal and informal observations and ...